Questions for Discussion

  • 1 What role would a crime analyst likely play in a terrorist situation such as the Boston Marathon bombing? If you were a crime analyst on duty that day in Boston, how would you see your role?
  • 2 Can crime be eliminated completely? Why or why not?

Important Terms

Intelligence: Data available to, collected by, or disseminated through the tactical crime analyst.

Intelligence analysis: Continually evaluating and analyzing data in order to provide the most useful possible information to police officers.

Real-time crime center (RTCC): Room in which the tactical crime analyst has at his or her disposal a bank of computers and extensive websites and data banks that allow access to and analysis of intelligence in order to provide practical and useful on-the-spot information to police officers in the field.

SARA: Model that was developed by Professor Herman Goldstein at the University ofWisconsin—Madison to enhance the problemsolving approach to policing. SARA is an acronym that stands for scanning, analysis, response, and assessment.

Tactical crime analyst: Trained analyst whose job it is to analyze crime and criminal events or offenses in order to provide practical intelligence to police officers, the police command, or the public.

Study Guide Questions

1 It was President Lyndon B. Johnson who appointed the:

a Presidents Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice

b Wickersham Commission

c Chicago Crime Commission

d Warren Commission

2 According to the Gallup, Inc. public opinion polls going back many years, a majority of Americans believe that crime:

a Is decreasing

b Always stays about the same

c Is increasing

d Is bloodier and more violent than ever

3 The history of humankind demonstrates that when people live together in societies, there is a need for more:

a Police officers on the street

b Drug agencies

c Rules and laws

d Real-time crime centers

4 Intelligence is the available to, collected by, or disseminated

through the tactical crime analyst.

a Secrets

b Higher IQ

c Inside information

d Data

5 The tactical crime analyst is the trained analyst whose job it is to:

a Assign police officers to a beat

b Analyze crime and criminal offenses

c Assess the reasons why criminals offend

d Accurately predict the next bank robbery


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